Constitutional History Scholar Offers Citizenship Lecture

Citizenship Lecture from Constitutional History Scholar is Feb. 25 at Lewis University

Published: February 15, 2019.

Dr. Paul Finkelman

American legal and constitutional historian Dr. Paul Finkelman will present “Who can be an American? From Dred Scott to Birthright Citizenship” at 2 p.m. Feb. 25 in Room AS-158-A of the Academic Building on the Lewis University Romeoville campus.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is being presented by the Lewis University History Center.

Paul Finkelman is the president of Gratz College in Philadelphia. Gratz is the oldest independent Jewish College in America. He has published books, articles, and op-eds on the law of American slavery, the First Amendment, American race relations, American legal history, the U.S. Constitution, freedom of religion and the law. His work has been cited in four decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court and in many appellate briefs.

The Lewis University History Center: Urban, Cultural and Catholic History of the Upper Midwest seeks to unite scholars, students, and the public in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of materials linked to the history of the Upper Midwest.

For more information about this lecture, contact Dr. Mark Schultz, professor of history, at or (815)836-5863.

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